Thursday, November 29, 2012

POSTSCRIPT: Sea Dogs 5, Huskies 1

A collection of recaps from last night’s 5-1 Saint John Sea Dogs win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies…

Our recap. With a 5-1 victory over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Wednesday night, the Sea Dogs have now won four straight games. They now sit two games above the .500 mark with a 14-12-0-0 record.

The Telegraph-Journal’s recap (paywall). Kevin Gagne scored twice and added two assists and Jonathan Huberdeau and Ryan Tesink each had three points to lead the Saint John Sea Dogs to a 5-1 win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Wednesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

Le Frontiere’s recap. A night to forget for the Huskies.

News 88.9’s recap. Featuring Tim Roszell’s goal calls.

The Canadian Press’ recap. At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Kevin Gagne had two goals and two assists for Saint John (14-12-0) to drop the Huskies (16-9-1).

SaintJohnSeaDogs.com’s recap. It was the start of another road trip as the Saint John Sea Dogs visited the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Wednesday night. The Sea Dogs won their fourth straight by a score of 5-1.

SCRATCHES: The Sea Dogs were without Mackenzie Brown (knee), Benjamin Hade (upper body), Michael Mastrangelo (suspension/upper body), Jurij Repe (upper body), Jason Seed (healthy), Devon Oliver-Dares (personal reasons) and Spencer Smallman (healthy) on Wednesday night.

FIRST: The Sea Dogs had a pretty solid first period while playing in hostile territory. They had a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes and had numerous other scoring opportunities they could not connect on. Matthew Highmore and Jonathan Huberdeau both had glorious chances but didn’t score. Shots were 11-8 Sea Dogs.

TESINK: Ryan Tesink continues to pile up points this season. The St. Louis Blues prospect recorded a goal and two assists last night to give him 30 points in 24 games this season. He continues to lead the team in goal scoring with 16 on the year.

HUBERDEAU: Jonathan Huberdeau tied some history last night. The Sea Dogs captain recorded a goal and two assists to give him 251 career points, tying Michael Kirkpatrick for the most all-time as a Sea Dog. Huberdeau now has 14 goals and 25 assists on the season, including 10 points in his past four games.

HIGHMORE: Matthew Highmore looked good last night and had a few scoring chances. Highmore finished the game with one shot, a +1 rating, and went 3/9 on faceoffs. Hopefully he continues to get more comfortable as time goes on.

GAGNE: Kevin Gagne was in beast mode last night, registering two goals, two assists, and a team high eight shots on net. The 20-year old defenseman, who had 35 points all of last season, already has six goals and 18 assists in 22 games this year.

AUGER: Really solid game for goaltender Sebastien Auger. He only had to make 24 saves, but he was making some quality stops all game. Auger improved to 14-9-0-0 on the year with a 3.02 goals against average and a 0.905 save percentage.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Special teams played a role in last night’s game. Saint John went 2-for-5 on the power play while Rouyn-Noranda went 1-for-6. The Huskies power play is the fifth best in the league.

GOALTENDING: The Huskies pulled goaltender Robin Gusse in the third period after Stephen Anderson scored at 1:51 of the third. He allowed four goals on 20 shots. Alexandre Belanger took over in relief, allowing a goal on nine shots.

STREAKS: With the win, Saint John extended their winning streak to four games. That’s cool. Rouyn-Noranda’s loss ended their three-game victory streak.

STANDINGS: Saint John improved to 14-12-0-0 on the year which is good for 28 points. They sit fourth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 12th overall in the league. They are just two points back of the PEI Rocket for third in the division. The Val-d’Or Foreurs, who Saint John plays tonight, also have 28 points.

NOTES: This was the final meeting between the two this regular season… the Sea Dogs have just two more Quebec road trips left this season… Aidan Kelly left the game with an apparent injury and did not return… Jonathan Huberdeau was a +3… Olivier LeBlanc had three hits… Mathieu Lemay was a -3… Sven Andrighetto had five shots.

OUT OF TOWN
Chicoutimi 5 at Cape Breton 2
Victoriaville 2 at Acadie-Bathurst 1 (SO)
P.E.I. 5 at Quebec 3

NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs are in Val-d’Or tonight to take on the Foreurs at 8:30pm.

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